Lithuania goes to the Transilvania IFF
by Laurence Boyce
- The Baltic country is benefiting from a focus at the Romanian gathering
At this year’s Transilvania International Film Festival, which is currently in full swing, Lithuania is being showcased as a guest country. The Lithuanian film programme consists of 13 works, representing a variety of genres. These include documentaries such as Barzakh and Master and Tatyana, notable festival hits like The Gambler [+see also:
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“We are glad that the organisers of the festival have shown an interest in such a wide scope of Lithuanian cinematography – from avant-garde pioneer Jonas Mekas to the works of Šarūnas Bartas,” said Liana Ruokytė-Jonsson, head of the Department of Film Promotion, Information and Heritage at the Lithuanian Film Centre. In fact, Bartas will be the special focus of the festival – three of his films have been included in the programme of renowned filmmakers entitled “3x3”.
“I became acquainted with Lithuania and its cinematography several years ago, when I visited the local Kino Pavasaris film festival,” said Mihai Chirilov, the programmer of the TIFF. “I saw a number of Lithuanian movies and met local film-industry professionals. I believe the Lithuanian movies that have been created during the past five years and which are included in our programme are a good representation of the Lithuanian film industry, revealing its uniqueness and versatility.”
The first Romanian-Lithuanian co-production, Eastern Business [+see also:
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The showcase of Lithuanian cinematography has been organised and supported by the Lithuanian Film Centre together with the Transilvania Film Festival.